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SC 02: Energy Transition for Subsurface Geoscientists and Engineers

Hilton University of Houston, Shamrock Ballroom A

Monday, 24 April 2023, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Geoscience and engineering professionals (technical staff, managers, executives) who are interested in obtaining a foundational understanding of energy transition related concepts and technologies, and how to leverage their subsurface related expertise for new energy economy opportunities.

Course Content

There is growing recognition that a new energy paradigm is needed to curb the buildup of anthropogenic CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and the corresponding global warming related impacts.  Many countries and companies are embarking on ambitious programs to reduce their carbon footprint and switch from carbon-intensive fossil fuels to greener energy feedstocks and carriers.  
This course is designed to help subsurface geoscience and engineering professionals position themselves for the impending energy transition by gaining an understanding of the relevant concepts/technologies and how they relate to their E&P expertise. 

Specifically, the modules comprising the course will examine:

  • New energy economy: energy-climate nexus, decarbonization pathways (including usage of hydrogen) to decelerate the pace of global warming from CO2 emissions.
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS): capture of CO2 from large stationary sources combined with geological storage, that has emerged as an attractive option for emissions reduction.
  • Hydrogen underground storage (HUS): viewed as an effective strategy for storing large volumes of surplus electrical energy from renewable sources.
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting: evaluation of a company’s performance across a holistic set of non-financial measures.

Course Outline

  1. New Energy Economy
    • Energy usage, CO2 emissions, global warming
    • Energy – climate nexus
    • Decarbonization pathways
  2. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
    • Rationale and business case for CCS
    • Assessment of storage capacity, injectivity and containment
    • Risk analysis, economic evaluation and permitting issues
    • Current status and future outlook
  3. Hydrogen Utilization and Hydrogen Underground Storage (HUS)
    • Hydrogen as energy feedstock and carrier
    • Analogy of HUS with underground gas storage and CCS
    • Storage in salt caverns v/s depleted reservoirs v/s aquifers
    • Characterization, modeling and operational considerations
  4. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Criteria
    • E - Performance as stewards of nature and environment
    • S - Managing relationships with employees, stakeholders and community
    • G - Leadership, compensation, audits and controls, and shareholder rights


30 Attendees
7.5 PDH
0.75 CEU
Continental Breakfast
Digital Lecture Notes


Dr. Srikanta Mishra


SC 02: Energy Transition for Subsurface Geoscientists and Engineers
Hilton University of Houston
4450 University Dr
Houston, Texas 77204
United States

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